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U. of Colorado Will Pay Philosophy Professor $185,000 to Resign

The University of Colorado at Boulder is paying an associate professor of philosophy roughly $185,000 to resign after he was investigated for potentially violating the college’s policy regarding relationships with students, the Daily Camera reports. Bradley Monton will receive $120,000 in addition to the rest of his yearly salary in exchange for his resignation, according to a settlement agreement with the university, in which both parties denied fault or liability.

Mr. Monton has been a vocal c…

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UVa’s First Pick to Lead Rape Inquiry Is Alumnus of Fraternity in Question

After an article in Rolling Stone described the case of a student who was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house, the university on Thursday commissioned an investigation led by a former U.S. deputy attorney general. There was one problem, however: The choice, Mark Filip, was once a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity where the assault is alleged to have happened.

The state’s attorney general, Mark R. Herring, said on Friday that Mr. Filip would not be leading the investigat…

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Syracuse U. Protesters End Sit-In and Move Into ‘Phase 2′

Students at Syracuse University who had been staging a protest at the university’s administration building for the past 18 days ended their occupation on Thursday, The Post-Standard reported.

A student coalition called THE General Body was protesting against what its supporters called a lack of transparency and inclusiveness at the institution. Ben Kuebrich, a graduate student and organizer of the student coalition, told the newspaper that the group had decided “that maintaining the space isn’t …

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U. of Calif. Regents Approve Tuition Increase Over Governor’s Opposition

The University of California system’s Board of Regents voted on Thursday to approve a plan that could raise tuition by 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The approval clears the way for negotiations to determine the exact amount of the increase.

The system’s president, Janet Napolitano, has argued that the plan is necessary to make up for lower-than-expected state funds. Gov. Jerry Brown, who voted against the plan, said the system should instead study its costs and consolidate duplicative degree programs, among other steps.

Students turned out to protest at the regents’ meeting, but not in the numbers they showed on Wednesday, when a committee of the board met to consider the tuition plan.


Over the din of students chanting protest slogans, the University of California regents on Thursday voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years. As about 25 students in the meeting room yelled “Hey, hey, ho, ho, tuition hikes have got to go,” the actual voice vote of the regents could not be heard by the public.

Read more at: www.latimes.com

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U. of Oregon Draws Criticism for Response to Threatened TA Strike

The University of Oregon’s Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to rebuke the institution’s administration for planning for a threatened strike by graduate teaching assistants in a manner that bypasses the faculty and stands to bring about “the dilution and degradation of teaching standards.”

The Senate, which includes representatives of the faculty, student body, administration, and staff, adopted the motion in response to a confidential memorandum that Oregon’s top academic and human-reso…

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Bill Cosby Is Still Scheduled to Speak at Tennessee College

Bill Cosby, who in recent weeks has faced repeated accusations of sexual assault, is still scheduled to speak at Freed-Hardeman University’s annual benefit dinner, The Jackson Sun reports.

Fifteen women have accused Mr. Cosby of sexually assaulting them in years past. Mr. Cosby, who has not been charged with a crime and denies the allegations, reached a legal settlement with one accuser in 2006. The allegations gained new momentum on social media after a comedian, Hannibal Buress, mentioned them…

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Florida State U. in Shock After Early-Morning Shooting

[Updated (11/20/2014, 1:22 p.m.) with information on the gunman.]

A lone gunman opened fire in a library at Florida State University early Thursday morning, injuring three students, according to news-media reports. The police shot and killed him after he fired at them.

As of 9 a.m., one of the victims was in critical condition, one was in good condition, and one, grazed by a bullet, had been treated and released at the scene, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The rampage began around 12:30 a.m….

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UVa President Responds to ‘Rolling Stone’ Article About Rape on Campus

An article published by Rolling Stone on Wednesday accuses the University of Virginia of turning a blind eye to a “culture of hidden sexual violence” on its campus, but the institution’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, responded in a statement posted on the university’s Website Wednesday evening that UVa takes seriously both the issue of sexual misconduct and the institution’s duty to provide a safe environment for its students.

The magazine article, “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Strugg…

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Community-College Leaders Expect State Appropriations to Recover Slowly

Report: “Recovery Continues, but Competition Is Fierce”

Organization: Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

Summary: The annual survey of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges shows that states continue their slow recovery from the recession.

Midyear state budget cuts are becoming rare. But hoped-for increases in appropriations for higher education are being displaced, in some cases, by other spending priorities, including Medicaid, elementary…

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U. of California Committee Approves Tuition Increases Amid Protests

A committee of the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that could raise tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The meeting, at the university’s San Francisco campus, saw fireworks inside and out. Hundreds of student protesters gathered beforehand, attempted to keep the regents from entering, and jostled with campus police officers when they intervened. Karl Pister, an 89-year-old former chancellor of the s…